Definition of bon mot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bon mot

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌbɒn ˈməʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːn ˈmoʊ//
 
, NAmE//ˌbɔːn ˈmoʊ//
 
(pl. bons mots
BrE BrE//ˌbɒn ˈməʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːn ˈmoʊ//
 
, NAmE//ˌbɔːn ˈmoʊ//
 
)
(from French, formal)
 
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a funny and clever remark They loved a bon mot or anecdote but despised gossip. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: French, literally ‘good word’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bon mot